Environment

Bandelier Reminds Visitors About Fire Restrictions

BANDELIER News:
 
Following the Stage 1 Fire Restriction that was implemented last week by the Santa Fe National Forest, Superintendent Jason Lott would like to remind visitors that Stage 1 Fire Restrictions are in place year round at Bandelier.
 
“With the unusually low moisture levels, dry conditions and high winds, we want the public to remain vigilant about fire safety when they visit,” Superintendent Lott said.
 
At Bandelier, camp fires are allowed in the grates provided in the campgrounds. Charcoal and charcoal grill use is limited to the

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DPU Seeks Volunteers For 2018 Drinking Water Lead And Copper Testing

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COUNTY News:

The Los Alamos Department of Public Utilities (DPU) is seeking residential volunteers to assist in this year’s drinking water lead and copper testing.

In accordance the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Lead and Copper Rule, DPU will sample water from taps within 30 homes that meet certain requirements. The test is free to residential volunteers.

Lead and copper can enter the water supply through plumbing materials, specifically older homes that were built with copper pipes with lead solder. DPU will test lead and copper concentrations the


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Udall: Future Of Tribal Self-Governance Is Bright, But Much Work Remains

U.S. Sen. Tom Udall
 
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. — At a recent oversight hearing on Tribal self-governance, U.S. Sen. Tom Udall, vice chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, urged Congress, federal agencies, and others to continue to work with Tribes to ensure more opportunities for shaping policies and programs that affect their land, people and communities.
 
“When the self-governance compacting program was made permanent in 1994, bureaucratic regulation and control of Indian programs administered by Tribes should have been

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USDA Seeks Applications For Investments To Encourage Use Of Bioenergy

USDA News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.  Assistant to the Secretary for Rural Development Anne Hazlett has announced that USDA is accepting applications to encourage the use of renewable biomass as an alternative for fossil fuels to operate eligible biorefineries.
 
Funding is being made available under the Repowering Assistance Program. To be eligible, biorefineries must have been in existence on or before June 18, 2008. This program provides financial incentives to install new systems that use or produce new energy from renewable biomass.
 
Applications

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SAR Celebrates 40 Years Of Creativity

SAR News:
 
SANTA FE  The Indian Arts Research Center (IARC) turns 40 this year and is celebrating the occasion with a festive event June 22 at the Poeh Cultural Center in Pojoaque Pueblo.
 
Themed “Honoring Forty Years of Creativity in Native American Arts,” the evening features a presentation by artist Nora Naranjo Morse, music, food prepared by a Native American chef, and a live and silent auction of select work by past SAR artist fellows. Proceeds from ticket sales and the auctions will go directly toward IARC educational programming.
 

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BLM Seeks Nominations To Resource Advisory Councils

BLM News:
 
The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Friday announced that it is seeking public nominations for positions on 30 citizen-based sounding boards for BLM initiatives, proposals, and policy changes.
 
Resource Advisory Councils (RACs) provide advice and recommendations for the BLM to consider on a range of resource and land management issues. The BLM maintains 37 such chartered advisory committees located in the West. Of those committees, 30 are RACs. Each Council consists of 10 to 15 members from diverse interests in local communities, and

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Explore Art And Science On Hike To Upper Crossing

Join Jeremy Sweat and Collin Haffey on a hike 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday to Upper Crossing in Frijoles Canyon. This event will tie together science and nature to highlight changes in the Pajarito Plateau. Photo by Beth Cortright

 

PEEC News:

 

Join Jeremy Sweat and Collin Haffey at 8:30 a.m., April 28 on a hike to Upper Crossing in Frijoles Canyon. This event will merge science and art to highlight changes on the Pajarito Plateau.

 

During the hike, Sweat and Haffey will discuss forest ecology and provide a glimpse into how Bandelier National Monument manages its resources. The


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Registration Opens For New Mexico Museum Of Natural History & Sciences Summer Camps For Children

Students examine display at New Mexico Museum of Natural History & Science. Photo by Caitlin Jenkins
 
NMMNHS News:
 
ALBUQUERQUE  Registration is now open for the New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Sciences summer camp programs. The camps are for grades K-5 as indicated.
 
Kindergarteners must have experiences in full-day classes before attending. 
  • Young Explores Camp: Wild Weather & Curious Climatology, June 18-22 (9 a.m.- 4 p.m.) – Become a meteorologist for a week – adventure through lightning, hurricanes,

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LANL Officials Present Lessons Learned On Remediated And Unremediated Salts To NNMCAB

Los Alamos National Laboratory Associate Director for Environmental Management (EM) Randy Erickson, left, and Deputy Associate Director for EM Dave Funk, center, chat with Doug Hintze, manager of the EM Los Alamos Field Office following the April 18 meeting of the Northern New Mexico Citizens Advisory Board subcommittes in Pojoaque. Photo by Maire O’Neill/ladailypost.com
 
By MAIRE O’NEILL
Los Alamos Daily Post

Lessons learned during the treatment of remediated and unremediated nitrate salts at Los Alamos National Laboratory were shared April


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LANL: New High-resolution Exascale Earth-modeling System Announced For Energy

The high-resolution E3SM earth system model simulates the strongest storms with surface winds exceeding 150 mph—hurricanes that leave cold wakes that are 2 to 4 degrees Celsius cooler than their surroundings. This simulation from E3SM represents how sea surface temperature changes evolve as a hurricane (seen here approaching the U.S. East Coast) moves across the Atlantic and how the resultant cold wake affects subsequent intensification of the next hurricane. Courtesy/LANL

LANL News:

  • Supercomputing advances will improve analysis of Earth system variability and energy sector

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NNMCAB Discusses Recommendations For DOE On Energy Communities Alliance Waste Disposition Report

By MAIRE O’NEILL
Los Alamos Daily Post

Northern New Mexico Citizens’ Advisory Board combined committee members meeting in Pojoaque April 18 discussed their proposed recommendations to the Department of Energy on the Energy Communities Alliance (ECA) report on waste disposition to the Department of Energy (DOE).

NNMCAB member Dr. Stanley Riveles confirmed Sunday that he drafted the recommendations on the ECA repost, “Waste Management: A New Approach to DOE’s Waste Management Must Be Pursued” at the request of a NNMCAB subcommittee. He said the recommendations


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Daily Postcard: Broad-tailed Hummer At Bandelier

Daily Postcard: A male Broad-tailed Hummingbird spotted at Bandelier National Monument. 2018 is the 100th anniversary of the Migratory Bird Treaty Act. Bandelier joins others in celebrating the importance of birds in the world. Bandelier’s bird of the month for April 2018 is the Broad-tailed Hummingbird. Photo by Sally King


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Today Is Earth Day … What Is It Meant To Accomplish?

Today marks the 48th anniversary of Earth Day celebrated across the globe. Courtesy photo

 

By KATHLEEN ROGERS
Earth Day Network President

Forty Eight years ago, on April 22, 1970, millions of people took to the streets to protest the negative impacts of 150 years of industrial development.

In the US and around the world, smog was becoming deadly and evidence was growing that pollution led to developmental delays in children. Biodiversity was in decline as a result of the heavy use of pesticides and other pollutants.

The global ecological awareness was growing, and the US Congress and President


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New Mexico Congressional Delegation Hails Nation-Leading Year Of Wind Power Growth In State

New Mexico Congressional Delegation News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.  U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich and U.S. Representatives Steve Pearce, Ben Ray Luján and Michelle Lujan Grisham have issued the following joint statement hailing a new report, the 2017 U.S. Wind Industry Annual Market Report, that shows the state grew wind power at a faster rate than any other state in 2017:
 
“We are proud to represent a state that is advancing American energy production, adding 570 megawatts of wind capacity in 2017. Today, there are

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Letter To The Editor: Christine Chandler Is Another Great Candidate For The Environment

By MARK JONES
Former Chair
Sierra Club Pajarito Group

I was disappointed to learn that the Rio Grande (New Mexico) Chapter of the Sierra Club chose to make an endorsement in the competitive Democratic Primary for State House District 43 despite both candidates having an excellent record on our issues.

I have served on the Executive Committee of the Rio Grande Chapter, and as chair of the local Pajarito Group of the Sierra Club. I served two terms on the County Sustainability Board and am a member and supporter of at least 15 other environmental organizations.

Environmental issues are extremely


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The Edge Effect Art Installation Opens At Bandelier

The Edge Effect: re-Imagining the East Jemez Landscape is now open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. through May 6 in the Historic Fire Lookout Tower at Bandelier National Monument. The installation is by artists Kathleen Brennan and Shawn Skabelund. Photo by Kathleen Brennan
 
PEEC News:
 
The Edge Effect: re-Imagining the East Jemez Landscape is now open inside the Historic Fire Lookout Tower at Bandelier National Monument. The art exhibition will be open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily through May 6.
 
Kathleen Brennan and Shawn Skabelund are the artists behind The Edge

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Jimenez: Preserving LWCF Will Keep Public Spaces Safe, Available For Kids

By JAMES JIMENEZ
Executive Director
New Mexico Voices for Children
 
Our children need nature. To grow up healthy, kids need a clean, beautiful, and accessible outdoors where they can play and discover the amazing world around them.
 
Spending time with family while connecting with nature brings tremendous health and educational benefits to children. Fortunately, New Mexico has numerous spectacular and historically and socially significant outdoor areas and we must do all that we can to protect them.
 
Much of New Mexico’s array of scenic beauty has been enhanced and protected

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AG Balderas Celebrates Earth Day, Asks New Mexicans To Join His Fight To Protect State’s Environment

Attorney General Hector Balderas

From the Office of the New Mexico Attorney General:

ALBUQUERQUE  In recognition of Earth Day, Attorney General Hector Balderas highlighted the continuing efforts of the Office of the Attorney General to protect the environment, and also provided suggestions on how residents can help preserve New Mexico’s pristine natural environment.

 

“New Mexico’s natural beauty is unmatched by any state and I will continue to protect our pristine environment for generations to come,” said Attorney General Balderas. “Our Consumer and Environmental Protection


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